“The Memory Keepers Daughter” by Kim Edwards

Let me start by saying HAPPY HOLIDAYS! or MERRY CHRISTMAS (depending on if you celebrate Christmas or not). I’m sitting here on my couch on Christmas Eve, watching “Finding Nemo” that I got from Emily and wondering why there’s no snow on the ground. It’s not Christmas if it’s not white. Anyway, what I’m getting at is that thinking about snow got me thinking about a book I read last year entitled, “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” because it starts in a blizzard (literally and figuratively).

The story starts in 1964 when Dr. David Henry’s wife goes into labour and because of horrible weather, he has to deliver the children on his own. The only other person at his clinic is a nurse. Dr. Henry delivers twins, but one twin is born with down syndrome and the doctor decides that having this child will be heartbreaking to his wife and too hard to bear for him so he hands the child over to the nurse and tells her to get rid of it. Dr. Henry tells his wife that the other twin died during childbirth.

The novel then follows the doctor’s guilt as he has to face the fact that he threw away a child all because she was born with a disorder. We soon find out that the nurse didn’t give away the child, but raised it on her own.

It’s really an amazing story. Complete tear jerker, so keep the tissues handy.

There is a movie version that I have seen, but it’s not as good as the novel. I don’t think any movie can really measure up to the novel it’s based on. So if you’re looking for a good read on these cold nights then grab a copy of “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter,” and snuggle up under some blankets (with a box of tissues). You won’t regret it!

Again, Happy Holidays!


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